“A nobody from nowhere.” Medvedev's ex-press secretary's conference caused outcry in Russians
Russians do not understand what merits Natalya Timakova was honored with such an award for.
Natalya Timakova, the former press secretary of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky yesterday. This news has generated significant public attention and gained the greatest traction in social networks of Russians, who wonder what achievements Timakova received such an award for.
“What did she do apart from the fact that she was? After all, she is a nobody from nowhere,” wrote a user with the nickname sva_va. “Strange people, strange awards, strange times ...” - noted andrew_romashkov. “They give them to each other,” commented grut3067. “He is not Dimon to you! is her popular quotation”- april_woman recalled Timakova's interview in 2013.
Alexey Venediktov, the chief editor of Ekho Moskvy radio station, announced that Timakova received the award on his Instagram page: “Natalya Timakova was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky. We are rinsing!".
At the same time, there is no data on Timakova's conference on the website of the President of the Russian Federation, which has a big photo gallery with state awards ceremony.
The order on awarding Timakova for “labor success, social activism and many years of diligent work” was signed in November 2018, reminds the Federal News Agency.
The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky existed in Russia from 1725 to 1917. In modern Russia, the statute was approved in 2010 by the decree of former President Dmitry Medvedev. The award is given to official for special personal services to the fatherland, civilians who previously received the Order of the Russian Federation, and foreigners for developing multilateral cooperation with Russia.
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